Time to rev up the old Volvo again! Pro Am (non counter) begins Friday, with In Port Race on Saturday and start of real ocean racing beginning Sunday!

Sanya to New Zealand

5,220 nautical miles (6,007 miles, 9,667 kilometres)

With little historical data to call on, Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland is cited by many of the skippers and navigators as potentially the most difficult tactical leg of the entire race. Amongst many other challenges, the fleet will yet again have to negotiate the Doldrums -- this time at their widest point on the planet.

The early stage of this leg takes the fleet on a long fast reaching course past the northern tip of the Philippines and then south towards Auckland. Straightforward enough on the face of it, but conditions in the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea at that time of year can be harsh and the skippers will be all too aware of the catastrophic losses caused by a destroyed sail so early in the leg.

Once they reach the Philippines the crews will be faced with the now familiar choice of either pushing straight on with the promise of stronger winds to the east, or turning hard right and heading south in the direction of the finish in Auckland. This final stage of the leg could offer the chance for huge gains and losses on the way to the finish but will require the teams to bet the house early on either easterly or the westerly routes.

Current standings for VOR teams

Current Pressure Drop VOR Pick & Win Standings

If you did not claim your prize from leg 1 please do so. You can also begin to make your selection for the in port race and leg 4 now. Complete rules and prize list to follow! Still lots of sailing to do and grand prizes are still all up for grabs!